Production for Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” kicked off Monday in Wilmington, N.C. and to celebrate, Marvel Studios released the first official behind-the-scenes image from the movie.
The photo gives fans a look at franchise star Robert Downey Jr. – sort of, since his face is obscured by a clapboard – as he surveys retired Iron Man suits in his workshop.
“Any time I put the suit on once I get past the initial discomfort, it’s still fun,” Downey told The News in April. “I definitely I have a return to the sense of wonder that I had before doing the first ‘Iron Man’ going into the third one.”
Downey who reprises his role as the titular hero’s alter ego, Tony Stark, for the fourth time, is joined by co-stars Gwenyth Platrow and Don Cheadle.
Jon Favreau, who directed the first two “Iron Man” movies, will also reprise his role as Happy “Hap” Hogan – though he’s turned over the reins over to first time director Shane Black.
Some speculation has been made as to who will be the threequel’s main antagonist. British actor, Guy Pierce, who starred in 2012’s action packed film “Lockout,” joins the cast as crazed scientist Aldrich Killian. It has also been rumored that veteran actor Ben Kinglsey will play Iron Man’s archenemy The Mandarin.
In an interesting revelation, paparazzi snapped pictures that shows a potential new friend or foe – a patriotic themed suit of armor.
ComingSoon.net reported seeing James Badge Dale, cast as Eric Savin aka ColdBlood-7, sporting the “Iron Patriot” suit donned by Norman Osbourne (a Spider-man villain) during the Marvel Civil War.
This variation from the comic book cannon could cause some unrest with hardcore Marvel fans, as Eric Savin/ColdBlood storyline has nothing to do with the Iron Patriot in the comic books. Besides, Norman Osbourne, aka The Green Goblin, is tied up on the movie side by Sony, the studio that licenses Spider-Man.
While the film’s plot has been kept under tight wraps Disney has said fans can expect another great Iron Man film.
“Iron Man 3” is the second Marvel film to be owned, marketed and released under the Disney brand after this summer’s box office record-setting film, “The Avengers.”
Downey told The News he’s excited play the iron clad enforcer again because, at his heart, Stark is relatable.
“It’s a serendipitous hero, why is Han Solo easier to grasp on to and relate to than Luke Skywalker? Because not most people have trudged through life looking to learn how to work with the force for the highest good. “
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